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Jonah’s Prayer inside the Fish

[a]From inside the fish Jonah prayed to Yahweh his Elohim.

Jonah prayed:

    “I called to Yahweh in my distress,
        and he answered me.
    From the depths of my watery grave I cried for help,
        and you heard my cry.
You threw me into the deep, into the depths of the sea,
    and water surrounded me.
        All the whitecaps on your waves have swept over me.

“Then I thought,
    ‘I have been banished from your sight.
        Will I ever see your holy temple again?’

“Water surrounded me, threatening my life.
    The deep sea covered me completely.
        Seaweed was wrapped around my head.
I sank to the foot of the mountains.
    I sank to the bottom,
        where bars held me forever.
            But you brought me back from the pit, O Yahweh, my Elohim.

“As my life was slipping away, I remembered Yahweh.
    My prayer came to you in your holy temple.
Those who hold on to worthless idols abandon their loyalty to you.
    But I will sacrifice to you with songs of thanksgiving.
    I will keep my vow.
        Victory belongs to Yahweh!”

10 Then Yahweh spoke to the fish, and it spit Jonah out onto the shore.


  1. Jonah 2:1 Jonah 2:1–10 in English Bibles is Jonah 2:2–11 in the Hebrew Bible.